Running is not a good way to develop aerobic capacity in swimmers; there are better options that won't sacrifice their health. Transcript: "I don't think so, man. There are so many other better ways of developing aerobic capacity in swimmers. Just get rid of anything that has the impact of running because you cannot sacrifice your swimmers' heaps, niece, backs just for the sake of aerobic conditioning. I mean, you have better options."
Running is not a good way to develop aerobic capacity in swimmers; there are better options that won't sacrifice their health.
No, I would not have my swimmers run. Swimming is a non-impact sport and running could create injuries and stress on the body that is unnecessary for swimmers. There are other ways to add in aerobic activity outside of the pool such as biking or spinning that can be more beneficial.
As a physical therapist, I often see swimmers pick up running during the pandemic. However, it is important for athletes and coaches to understand how the athlete is set up with regards to movement patterns, single-leg balance, rotational direction, front lunges, etc. Furthermore, swimmers are often hyper mobile and thus require more stability and control when doing activities such as running. To help build stability and control, I recommend activities such as crawling and climbing stairs instead of running.
Running is not a good replacement for swimming and should be replaced with more strength-based exercises in and out of the water.
Coaches are realizing that aerobic training outside of the pool can be just as effective as in the water, and it can also add a freshness to training for athletes. It can be gamified and allow athletes to develop other skills like catching and dribbling, making training enjoyable and challenging at the same time.
Running is a great exercise, but it can be dangerous for swimmers. It's important to be careful with how much running you do and who you do it with. Consider substituting running with stationary biking for safer aerobic exercise.